Alan Bates Overview:

Legendary actor, Alan Bates, was born Alan Arthur Bates on Feb 17, 1934 in Allestree, Derbyshire. Bates died at the age of 69 on Dec 27, 2003 in London, UK and was laid to rest in All Saints Churchyard Cemetery in Bradbourne, England.



Although Bates was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1968Best ActorThe Fixer (1968)Yakov BokNominated

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Alan Bates Quotes:

Ursula Brangwen: Say you love me. Say "My love" to me.
Rupert Birkin: I love you right enough. I just want it to be something else.
Ursula Brangwen: Why? Why isn't it enough?
Rupert Birkin: Because we can go one better.
Ursula Brangwen: We can't. We can only say we love each other. Say "my love" to me. Say it.
Rupert Birkin: Yes, my love. Let love be enough, then. I love you, then. I'm bored by the rest.

Kathy Bostock: [to Blake through barn window] Please, you must hurry! You must! Will we see you again? Will we see you?
The Man: [after a pause] You bet!
Kathy Bostock: What did you say? I didn't hear.
The Man: [With resignation] I said, 'Yeah.' You'll hear about me again.
Kathy Bostock: [Desparately] Do you promise? Promise?
Superintendent Teesdale: [to Kathy] Come on, love. Out of it.
The Man: [after a pause] Yeah, I promise.

Gerald Crich: Rupert, what is it you really want?
Rupert Birkin: I want to sit with my beloved in a field, with daisies growing all around us.

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Alan Bates Facts
Theatre Awards: 2002: Best Actor Tony and Drama Desk, for "Fortune's Fool;" 2000, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award for "Unexpected Man;" 1983 Variety Club Award for "A Patriot for Me;" 1975 Variety Club Award for "Otherwise Engaged;" 1971 Evening Standard Best Actor Award for "Butley;" 1972 Best Actor Tony for "Butley;" 1959 Clarence Derwent Award for "A Long Day's Journey Into Night"

He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1995 Queen's Honours List for his services to drama.

Handpicked by director John Schlesinger to star in the film Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) in the role of Dr. Daniel Hirsh. Even though he wanted the part very much, Bates was held up filming The Go-Between (1970) for director Joseph Losey and also became a father around that time, so he had to pass on the project, with regrets. The part then went first to Ian Bannen who balked and was fired and then to Peter Finch, who earned an Academy Award nomination.

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